This story takes place in a typical small town in america. On maple street, the residents see a flashing light and believe it to be a meteor. This flash seems to have to have stopped everything from working: Cars, lights, telephones.
The next part showcases a lot of the people throughout the neighborhood going outside to form a crowd. They all discuss what is happening and try to figure out why. A little boy named, Tommy, told everyone about his comic books he read. He said that the the monsters that do this are aliens and look exactly like humans and turn everything upside down.
While everyone is focused on watching Tommy scare other people, Les goodman's car turns on. Everyone looks at Les and they start blaming him and saying he was the monster.
One after another.... one after another..... one after another
While everyone is focused on les goodman´s car, a creepy man starts walking up to the neighborhood. Don grabs a gun just in case. they all get scared and charlie takes the gun from Don. He shoots what he thinks is the monster but it was really Pete Van Horn who was checking for power in another area.
As everyone is shaken by the gunfire and attacking charlie for this, his house lights turns on. All the residents start throwing rocks and glass at charlie. his accused more than ever and all of his windows are shattered.
Now that all the people are stirred up from the lights turning on, everyone is being blamed for the shady things that happened around Maple street. It becomes an all out brawl and all the people are scared. The real aliens watch as the people fight each other because fear took over. The aliens fly away to do the same things to other towns. And watch as the people destroy themselves